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    How smart home technology increases the security of your home.

    April 6, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    Smart home security | Schlage

    There are many ways smart home technology makes your home more secure, and as technology evolves, getting the right fit for you and your home is easier than ever.

     

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    Smart home technology isn't just for adding convenience or efficiency to your home. There's also the benefit of a greater peace of mind as you step up security. There are many ways smart home technology makes your home more secure, and as technology evolves, getting the right fit for you and your home is easier than ever.

     

    One of the great things about smart home security today is the ability to customize it based on your lifestyle and budget. Gone are the days when you had to rely on a company to install your system and pay them to monitor it for you. That’s still an option, of course. But if you’re comfortable monitoring your own system, current technology allows you to do just that by syncing your various devices – smart locks, lights, cameras, doorbells – to your smartphone, often through a smart hub. In this case, a home security company won’t alert authorities if it detects a threat, but you’ll receive a notification directly and can notify police or fire departments if necessary.

     

    Here are some of the ways smart is becoming synonymous with secure.

    Improve home security with smart home tech.

    1. Deter criminals

    Smart home technology can often turn criminals away before they even have a chance to breach your home. Visible cameras and motion-censored lights deter unwelcome guests looking for easy entry. Smart locks also ensure there's no spare key making it quick and easy for an intruder to get in the door. Smart indoor lighting and entertainment systems can be programmed to turn on at random times to make it appear as though someone is home.

    2. Check in

    Whether you're just a few miles away at work or halfway around the world on vacation, smart home systems often allow you to check in remotely. Pull up a live camera feed to see if anyone is lurking outside or check in on your smart lock to confirm it’s safely locked, all from your smartphone.

     

    Schlage smart locks are compatible with a variety of other smart devices, making it easier than ever to monitor your home from anywhere. Learn more about our recent integration between the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell – and see what other smart systems our newest lock is compatible with – here.

    3. Receive alerts

    Greater security in the home also means knowing when any unusual activity occurs. With a connected smart lock and motion-activated sensors, you can program your home automation system to send you alerts any time someone attempts to gain access.

     

    Safety is not just about burglary, though. Many smart home systems can also detect and warn you in the event of fire or smoke, carbon monoxide, flooding and freezing. Depending on your security system – whether you’ve opted to have professional monitoring or do it yourself – the system might even alert emergency dispatch for you. If you’re asking, “I already have a smoke detector, so what’s the big deal?” consider that some of these monitoring systems can be so specific as to tell you if the fire is in the kids’ bedroom or the leak is in the guest bathroom.

     

    Does this sound like the solution for you? Check out the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus. It integrates seamlessly with Ring Alarm, which gives you many of those added security features.

    4. Control remotely

    We spend a lot of time on our phones. It’s time to use them for something meaningful. Did you already arrive at the office only to remember you didn't close the garage door? Smart garage door openers allow you to close it no matter where you are. Did you forget to leave a key for the maintenance man to enter? Simply use your smart lock app to create a new access code that can be deactivated as soon as he has left the home. That’s secure access at your fingertips.

     

    Smart home devices make it easy for homeowners to provide a safe and secure home for their families. No matter your budget or lifestyle, there's a variety of products that will help you gain greater peace of mind simply and conveniently.

     

    Schlage Encode™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    March 3, 2020 8:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    Schlage Encode Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Encode lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Ring Doorbell, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.

     

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    The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family, joining more than 130 connected products, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Include your Schlage Encode WiFi lock in new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account. This compatibility is just the beginning when you want the next level in home automation. Learn more about how you can take advantage of Yonomi Routines with the Schlage Encode lock.
    Schlage Encode wifi lock

    Welcome Home Routine

    Run your Welcome Home Routine at the end of the workday and make it even easier on yourself by using voice control to unlock the Schlage Encode deadbolt. It’s especially helpful when your hands are full of groceries, the kids’ sports gear and everything else the day threw at you.

     

    Your Welcome Home Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Turn smart lights warm for all living room lights

    • Set living room temperature to 68 degrees with smart thermostat

    • Set Sonos speakers volume to 15%

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat, Sonos Speaker

    Leaving Home Routine

    When you’re rushing out the door in the morning, the last thing you want to worry about is if you remembered to lock the door. Automate the morning hustle even more by ensuring your smart lights are turned off as well.

     

    Your Leaving Home Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Turn off all smart lights

    • Turn off Sonos speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker

    Bedtime Routine

    Wind down for the night with this thorough checklist of power-down tasks.

     

    Your Bedtime Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Turn off the TV when you already have the Activity set up on your Logitech Harmony Hub

    • Dim bedroom smart lights

    • Play white noise, a meditation playlist or Sonos “Bedtime” Favorite on your smart speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Devices you’ll need: Logitech Harmony Hub, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker, and Schlage Encode Lock

    Throw a Dinner Party

    Hosting a dinner party already has you juggling cooking, mingling with guests, pouring drinks and more. Let the Schlage Encode lock help automatically welcome friends and family.

     

    Your Dinner Party Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Adjust lights for Dinner Party Lights Routine

    • Adjust smart thermostat to 72 degrees

    • Play your favorite party playlist on Sonos

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Still chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the first guests arrive? Just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to “turn on Dinner Party” and Yonomi will take care of the rest!

     

    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX lights, Sonos Speaker, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt will add a new layer of convenience to your Routines while keeping you and your family safe and secure. You can even set up smart reorders through Amazon Dash Replenishment so you always have replacement batteries for the lock when needed. Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and find where to buy here.

    This post first appeared on yonomi.co on March 3, 2020.

     

    Clever smart home tricks you might be missing.

    February 21, 2020 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 21, 2020

    Man holding smartphone | Schlage

    Never miss an opportunity to make your smart home smarter. Here are some features of common smart home devices you might not be using. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner.

     

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    How smart are your smart home devices? These electronics often do more than you realize. Sometimes they can be used in ways you hadn’t before imagined – although still within the limits of the warranty – giving you additional convenience, ease or security.

     

    Never miss an opportunity to make your smart home smarter. Here are some features of common smart home devices you might not be using. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner.

    Man holding smartphone in kitchen.

    Make smart locks smarter

    There are so many ways a Schlage smart lock can help you secure your home, it can be easy to overlook some of the most convenient and beneficial features. If you have a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, try creating a virtual key for guest access. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create a virtual key with the Schlage Home app. Once you send the invite, your guest will receive a link on their smartphone asking them to activate the virtual key. They will then be able to lock and unlock the door using the Schlage Home app on their smartphone.

     

    The virtual key is a great way to control who can do what with your lock. For example, you may want your spouse to have admin access so they can also manage user codes, but you don’t want your teen to be able to change those codes. A virtual key is ideal for the kids. They can get in the house without a physical key, and you’re still in control of your lock’s other features.

     

    Note that guest virtual keys can only be used within Bluetooth range the door (about 40 feet) and when the guest has their phone’s Bluetooth turned on. If you’re using the Schlage Sense lock with Apple HomeKit™, you will not be able to use Schlage virtual keys. You can reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup to use virtual keys. If you have HomeKit, learn how to share access with other iPhone users at Apple Support.

     

    How about a more basic trick? Try your Schlage smart lock somewhere other than your front door. They’re secure and stylish anywhere on your home, including side doors, the entry leading into the home from your garage or even a home office.

    Keep an eye on the action

    Our favorite alternatives for motion sensors are more about their location than their actual use. Originally intended to be placed near doors and windows, these cameras can also alert you when someone opens your mailbox. Install one inside the postal box and, if it’s compatible with your smartphone, receive a notification when the door opens. You’ll know whenever someone puts something in your mailbox … or takes something out.

     

    A motion-activated camera can also be placed behind valuables. Burglars will typically look for the big-ticket items in the house first. Focus your camera on those spots and protect whatever that most prized possession in your house is, even if it’s inside a closet or a file cabinet drawer.

     

    Need to know when a pet has wandered somewhere he shouldn’t? Place your camera near that room or entrance. If it also has two-way speakers, you can to tell Fido to get off the couch, even if you’re still at the office.

    Let your phone locate your lights

    A century ago, Walter Schlage earned a patent for a deadbolt that turned on a light when you unlocked the door. He figured that if you were entering a room, you’d also want to be able to see where you were going when you got in. Unfortunately, this invention didn’t take off, but the idea is alive and well today. One current version is controlling your home’s lights with geofencing.

     

    With the right compatible devices – smart lights, plugs or switches – you can have the lights turned on when you are within steps of your front door. The location detector in your phone signals that you are home, triggering a reaction that turns on the lights without you having to do a thing. Cnet.com has more details on how to automatically turn on your lights when you get home.

    Plug in to energy management

    Smart plugs are a simple and increasingly cost-effective way to turn a “dumb” device into a smart one. If you’re someone who chooses smart devices to make your home more green, look for a smart plug that also gives feedback about how much energy you’re using. The WeMo Insight Smart Plug works like any other, but it also sends real-time reports to your phone. You’ll receive energy usage data for whatever device is plugged into the WeMo.

     

    Remember that smart plugs aren’t just for lamps, either. Think outside the box. What devices do you use every day that could benefit from more smarts? What about your coffeemaker? A heated blanket? Something in the bathroom?

    Simplify climate control

    Thermostats tend to be a “set it and forget it” device, at least until the seasons change. For maximum comfort and energy savings, though, you might want to make it part of your smart home automation and routines. There’s the popular “vacation” routine, which can automatically change your home’s temperature, lock the doors and turn on a random light schedule to make the house appear lived in. But have you tried a “party” routine?

     

    When more people are in the house, for example during a holiday gathering, the guests’ extra body heat will help keep the house at a comfortable temperature, even if you turn down the furnace. So create that party routine and trigger a series of events – adjust the thermostat, start the music and set some mood lighting – with a single voice command or push of a button in an app.

     

    Different smart thermostats are compatible with different technologies and other smart devices. Be sure to do your research beforehand so that everything will work together as seamlessly as you want.

     

    If you’re wondering which smart locks are compatible with these devices or with the technology you already have in your home, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. Answer a few simple questions and we’ll recommend the Schlage smart lock that’s right for you and your lifestyle. You can also find more technology tips and tricks at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    5 HomeKit-compatible devices you’ll want for your home.

    February 10, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    HomeKit-compatible smart home devices | Schlage

    Here are a few HomeKit-compatible devices you might not have considered for making your home smarter and life less stressful.

     

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    When you set up Apple HomeKit™, it’s because you want to connect your smart devices and make them easier to control. (And because you’re a brand loyalist.) There are the basics everyone talks about, like compatible thermostats and lights you can turn on and off with Siri®. Here are a few other HomeKit-friendly devices you might not have considered for making your home smarter and life less stressful.
    HomeKit-compatible devices

    1. Nanoleaf

    If you haven’t heard of Nanoleaf, it’s worth a look. This smart lighting is touch-activated, offers remote control and can be incorporated into your favorite scenes. It’s customizable from a style perspective as well. Sold as individual canvas blocks, you can mount them in various shapes and designs. Want art work that also sets a mood for dinner parties? Create artistic lighting in your dining room. Looking for something whimsical and interactive for the kids? Place panels in the shape of their favorite animal on their bedroom wall. We’re not saying Nanoleaf is a necessity, but it looks pretty fun.

    2. Arlo Pro

    The HomeKit-compatible Arlo Pro is a step toward improving security in your smart home. It’s a battery-operated, wireless security camera with audio. Use the Arlo app to keep an eye on pets, kids and other activity in and around your home. The Arlo Pro is also weather-resistant, making it great for outdoor security monitoring, and comes with night vision and motion sensors.

    3. Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    Schlage’s go-to electronic lock for those with HomeKit, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt puts convenience at your fingertips and provides peace of mind. The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with HomeKit straight out of the box, at which point you can control the lock with the Apple Home app, create scenes and use Siri when you’re within Bluetooth range. To make sure the door is locked or unlock it from anywhere for trusted friends and family, all simply from your smartphone, you’ll want to connect the deadbolt with an Apple TV®, iPad® or HomePod®.

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt at Schlage.com or see how to get the most out of your HomeKit-friendly lock on our blog.

    4. Eve Room Indoor Air Quality Monitor

    Air quality is a growing concern in many cities, especially if you have kids. The Eve Room Indoor Air Quality Monitor can detect volatile organic compounds – emissions that come from everything from cleaning chemicals to cooking vapors and even humans – and lets you know when to turn on an air purifier or take other steps to cleanse the air. It also detects humidity and temperature, which can affect your health. If you like the Even Room Indoor Air Quality Monitor, the company produces a number of other smart HomeKit-compatible devices, including window contact sensors and irrigation controllers.

    5. FIBARO Flood Sensor

    It’s not unreasonable to worry about flooding in the basement, but what about other areas of the home? The FIBARO Flood Sensor can also detect leaks under sinks or near the washer, and, because of its HomeKit-compatibility, it’ll send a notification when you need it most.

     

    Some of these products were reviewed on the podcast, Home: On. You can catch the full podcast at the Digital Media Zone.

     

    Smarten up your home with unique devices for every room.

    January 22, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Smart devices for every room | Schlage

    Here are some of our favorite smart devices for every room in the house.

     

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    With some high-tech and smart gadgets, it’s obvious why you would want them in your home. But with rapid changes and the onslaught of products straight out of science fiction, there’s still plenty to be surprised about. Here are some of our favorite smart devices for every room in the house.
    Smart devices for each room in your home.

    Bedroom

    We need our bedroom for sleep and that’s why we picked the smart pillow as one of our favorite tech products for our nighttime oasis. There are several to choose from and they address a range of needs so that you and your mate can get a better night’s sleep. Some connect to an app that will report back your breathing and heart rates, while others monitor bedroom conditions like temperature and air quality, and inflate when they detect snoring.

    Kids’ bedroom

    Help your kids sleep better with a device that fends off nightmares. The Lully Sleep Guardian 2 is a pad that you slide under your child’s mattress. When it detects movement from night terrors, it vibrates softly enough to keep them peaceful but not so hard that it wakes them. You’ll get feedback via your smartphone so you can track their sleep habits and keep a journal of how severe the nightmares are when they do occur.

    Bathroom

    Smart toilets do some pretty interesting things like clean themselves, warm your backside and feet, and light up, but they’re still new enough that their price puts them out of reach for many of us. Our next pick is privacy, or switchable, glass. Ideal for bathrooms with large windows that open onto the master suite or with an outdoor shower, the glass goes from transparent to frosted at the flip of a switch. Enjoy views when you want them, privacy when you don’t.

    Kitchen

    Smart ovens, refrigerators and even microwaves are top of mind when talking high-tech cuisine. For something a bit more modest (and maybe ideal as a gift for a loved one), we like Drop Scale. Along with the Drop App, you can receive recipes tailored to your cooking skill level and preferences, sync it to your smart appliances and get substitution suggestions when you realize you’re short an ingredient.

    Living room

    Your honey is sleeping on your shoulder or the cat is on your lap, and you want to turn the ceiling fan on. With a smart overhead fan, you can without disturbing anyone. The Haiku L from Big Ass Fans can be controlled via a remote, smartphone app or voice command. You might end up wanting one for your bedroom, too.

    Home office

    Writing in notebooks just became new-school again. Whether you have a home-based business or work remotely, you can use smart pads to jot down ideas and send them directly to the cloud through a smartphone or other device. One like the Rocketbook Wave is reusable. Just erase by popping it in the microwave.

    Laundry

    Sadly, the clothes-folding robot is not yet available. So in the meantime, we’ll go with a smart leak detector. Regardless of whether your washer and dryer are also smart, the FIBARO Flood Sensor will notify you if it detects water on the floor.

    Garage

    Once you’ve installed a smart garage door opener, expand your horizons to the smart bike lift. This one from Garage Smart holds multiple bikes that you can raise and lower from ceiling-mounted hooks using nothing but your smartphone. It helps to keep your bikes safe and your garage clean and organized.

    Entryway

    We know it’s obvious, but we honestly can’t think of a better smart device for your front door than a smart lock. Improve home security when there are no spare keys to lose. Gain peace of mind by being able to lock and unlock your door remotely through a smartphone app. Add convenience when you know trusted friends and family can come and go as they please by using an access code. It’s great for overnight holiday guests and everyday life.

     

    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks depending on your lifestyle and preferred technology. Find the right lock for you and your family with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Backyard

    Whether you want internet outside for backyard parties or need it for better connectivity with security cameras, garage door openers or smart irrigation, a WiFi extender can save you a lot of headaches. With a range of weather-resistant options available, CNET.com walks you through other considerations like choosing one that’s compatible with your router.

     

    Smart homes go beyond lighting, thermostats and smart speakers. The trick is to find the devices that best complement your lifestyle and add the greatest levels of convenience and security. For more smart home tips and ideas, visit the Technology archives at the Schlage blog.

     

    What you can do with Schlage smart locks and Google Assistant.

    January 14, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Google Home Mini

    Connecting your devices to a Google Assistant hub has all kinds of benefits, both fun and practical, so why not consider making one of those devices a Schlage smart lock?

     

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    Voice commands, like those you give Google Assistant, are loved by many. You can control electronics without having to get out of bed. You can turn things on and off when your hands are full. In an emergency, you can often call for help even if you can’t reach the phone. Connecting your devices to a Google Assistant hub has all kinds of benefits, both fun and practical, so why not consider making one of those devices a Schlage smart lock?
    Google Home mini

    Which Schlage smart locks work with Google Assistant?

    Google Assistant is compatible with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus.

     

    The Schlage Encode deadbolt, because it has built-in WiFi does not need a smart home hub or adapter to work with Google Assistant. However, to pair the Schlage Sense lock with your Google Assistant-enabled device, you will need the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter. If you have the Schlage Connect deadbolt, you will need to sync it with your Nexia Home hub for Google Assistant capabilities.

    What app do I need to control my Schlage smart lock with Google Assistant?

    For all three Schlage locks, you will need to have the Google Home app on your smartphone to sync devices and to add your lock to Google routines. To take advantage of other features like creating and managing access codes remotely or viewing the access history log, you will still use other apps like the Schlage Home app for Schlage Sense and Schlage Encode locks, or the Nexia app for the Schlage Connect lock. Visit our smart locks overview pages for more details on the specific features available.

    What can I ask Google Assistant to do with my Schlage smart lock?

    There are currently two voice commands that allow you to control your Schlage smart lock via Google Assistant. “OK Google, is my door locked?” lets you check the status of your deadbolt. This is particularly handy when lying in bed, cozy with a cat on your lap and you can’t remember if you locked up before turning in.

     

    If you did forget, you still don’t have to disturb Fluffy. “OK Google, lock my door” will secure the deadbolt for you.

    Can I include my Schlage smart lock in a Google routine?

    With Google Assistant, you can create routines that allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single command. For example, “OK Google, go on vacation” can turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, lock your Schlage smart deadbolt and take care of many other tasks before you hit the road. Unlocking is not supported in Google Routines.

     

    Learn more about Schlage’s smart locks and the home automation systems they’re compatible with at Schlage.com.

     

    8 robots you’ll want to bring home in 2020.

    January 9, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    Home robots | Schlage

    This might not quite be the year that we see full-sized humanoid robots, but there is plenty of other artificial intelligence for the home that could make daily life easier, safer and more fun.

     

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    With a new year comes exciting possibilities, especially when you’re talking technology. And in 2020, it will be impossible to talk technology without bringing up robots for the smart home. This might not quite be the year that we see full-sized humanoid robots, but there is plenty of other artificial intelligence for the home that could make daily life easier, safer and more fun.
    Roomba in living room.

    Robots “maid” for you

    In a recent poll, more than 70 percent of people said their homes would be cleaner if they had robots to do their chores. Luckily, we already have access to robots that will help with some of our chores. Here are some of our favorites.

    iRobot Bravva Jet 240

    iRobot Bravva jet 240

    Vacuuming can be a never-ending task, especially if you have pets. Robotic vacuums have been making the chore easier for several years now. For those ready to take it to the next level, you’ll see more mopping robots to help tackle more floor – and dirt – types. You’ll definitely want one for those hard-to-reach spaces like around toilets.

    Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner

    This robot will do the dirty work whether you have expanses of windows or very tall ones like those that span multiple stories in an entryway. No more hauling in a ladder and perching on it perilously or paying someone to clean your windows for you. Suction keeps it attached to the window, while AI helps determine where the windows’ edges are and makes sure all of the glass gets a good scrubbing.

    Worx Landroid robotic mower

    Using much the same technology as robotic vacuums, this robotic lawnmower trims your grass while you stay cool inside or focus on other activities like playing with the kids. The Worx Landroid also has rain sensors that will send it back to the docking station when the weather turns, as well as security features like a pin number to start operation and alerts if it strays from your yard.

    Artificial intelligence, true companionship

    Yes, many people have a fear of robots. While they’re always trying to take over the world in movies, robots can actually bring us all closer together in real life. We already ask Alexa to tell us jokes. We say, “Hey Google, text Mom.” Experts expect 29 percent growth in the market for “social robots” annually over the next few years, so it’s not a far leap to think that some of these companionable robots will soon take up residence in our homes.

    Kids holding BOCCO emo communications robot

    BOCCO emo

    More popular today in Japan, BOCCO is a communication robot that helps send text and voice messages, even if someone is too young for, or otherwise unable to use, a smartphone. Kids can talk to the robot, which will then send you a text with their message, or you can send a message from your phone for BOCCO to deliver to the kids. It’s continuously being developed, so compatibility with other devices in the Internet of Things is on the rise, making it a robot to keep an eye on in the upcoming year. Also, he’s super cute.

    Miko 2

    This adorable little robot can hear, speak and relate to your child using a variety of speakers, algorithms and cues from your child. Miko 2 is also programmed to help them learn, providing knowledge and skills that are right for their age and that you can control. As more research finds that robots can get kids excited about reading, devices like this one will become increasingly popular.

    Walabot HOME fall detecting robot panel set up in bathroom

    Walabot HOME

    Falls are a concern for many, but this robot can help remove some of the worries. Walabot HOME uses radio frequency to tell if someone in the room has fallen. Then, even if they’re conscious, the device will contact a caregiver. It works anywhere in the home but is especially popular in bathrooms both because falls so often happen in that space and because Walabot HOME does not use cameras. There are also no wearables or buttons that need to be pressed to send an alert.

    Robots on the rise … we hope

    Maybe they aren’t real yet and maybe no one knows what exactly they’re capable of, but it’s fun to dream about how some of these space-age robots could improve our daily lives.

    XR-1 Cloud Robot

    Described as a “coffee-serving humanoid machine,” this robot uses 5G connectivity. It’s still under development, but that 5G is what CloudMinds, the company that makes XR-1, says is going to make it revolutionary. Because of the faster connection, the robot will be able to respond to our commands with almost no lag time. Eventually, it could help with household chores and more.

    SpotMini

    This robotic dog is a spinoff of Boston Dynamics’ original Spot. While Spot is better suited for construction and public safety uses, they anticipate SpotMini to be of greater use in homes. It already has figured out how to help with dishes and open doors. What sets SpotMini apart from other household chore robots is that it operates on four legs rather than wheels. That opens possibilities for assisting on uneven ground and stairways.

    Whether for yourself or loved ones, technology can have a lasting and positive impact on lives. Find technology-related gift ideas on our gift giving guide, or learn more about Schlage smart locks work with the technology you already have on our blog.

    Top home robots of 2020.

     

    How to pair your Schlage smart lock with your new smart device.

    December 27, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 27, 2019

    Schlage smart locks | Schlage

    So, you received a new smart home device for Christmas? Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected with your Schlage smart lock quickly and easily.

     

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    We know a deadbolt might be a bit of a strange Christmas gift. But we also know it happens (and we thank you). More likely, perhaps, you got a new smart home hub like Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Apple HomeKit™ or Nexia for the holidays. Maybe it’s a new voice control assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant that you want to sync with your Schlage smart lock. Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected quickly and easily.

     

    Before you can sync your devices, make sure the lock is properly installed on your door and that you have the smartphone app that coincides with your hub and lock. You may need to create an account and complete some initial start-up steps via the app before pairing your devices. Find step-by-step interactive installation instructions for the Schlage Encode, Schlage Connect and Schlage Sense deadbolts online.

     

    Now let’s get connected.

    Schlage smart locks.

    Samsung SmartThings

    Why pair SmartThings with the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt?

     

    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the SmartThings app

    • Gain peace of mind by checking the status of your lock from your smartphone

    • Get app alerts when a user code is entered so you know who is coming and going from your home

    • More advanced features with the Schlage Connect lock with Z-Wave Plus

    To pair your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Samsung SmartThings, open the SmartThings app on your mobile device and tap on Home. Under Things, choose Add a Thing and follow the directions in the app. At the end of enrollment, a green light on your lock indicates success.

    Wink

    Why pair Wink with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt - Z-Wave Plus?

     

    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the Wink app

    • Add and delete user codes at any time and from anywhere via the Wink app, like when you need to give access to a trusted friend while you’re stuck at work

    • Check the battery level via the Wink app

    • Create convenient shortcuts and more advanced features

    To sync your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus to your Wink hub, open the Wink app on your mobile device and follow the app’s instructions. When you have successfully connected your devices, you will see a flashing green check mark on the lock. The Wink app will also indicate that it has found the lock.

    Nexia

    Why pair Nexia with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt - Z-Wave Plus?

     

    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using a compatible app

    • Add and delete user codes at any time and from anywhere from your mobile device, like when you need to give access to a trusted friend while you’re stuck at work

    • Check the battery level via the Wink app

    • Get app alerts when a user code is entered

    • Use Google Assistant to control your Schlage Connect lock with voice commands

    Get step-by-step instructions for how to add your Z-Wave Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt to your Nexia Bridge.

    Apple TV®, iPad® or HomePod

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is compatible with a variety of Apple® devices, including Apple TV, iPad and Homepod. Why pair one of these devices with the Schlage Sense lock and Bluetooth technology?

     

    • Control your lock and manage settings from anywhere with the Schlage Home app and one of the Apple devices above, which can give you greater convenience and security

    • Allow your lock to work in tandem with other Apple HomeKit™-enabled devices in your home through the Apple Home app

    • Use Siri® to lock and unlock your door for hands-free convenience

    • Receive notifications when the lock is used so you know who is coming and going from your home when the lock is connected to the Apple device or within Bluetooth range

    To set up remote connectivity with Apple HomeKit using a compatible Apple TV, iPad or HomePod, open the Schlage Home app on your iOS device and choose “Continue with HomeKit.” Once you’ve chosen the “Continue with HomeKit” option, follow the instructions provided in the Schlage Home app.

    Voice Assistants

    Don’t forget that you can use voice assistants with your smart deadbolts, too. In most cases, you’ll need to use one of the smart hubs above to take advantage of the compatibility between your lock and Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.

    Amazon Alexa

    Because of its built-in WiFi, you don’t need a smart hub to connect your Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with an Alexa-enabled device. To start using your Schlage Encode lock with Alexa, access the Alexa app on your smartphone, choose the Schlage Home skill and follow the instructions in the app.

     

    If you have the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, all you need is the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter to use Alexa. Find instructions here.

     

    If you have the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee technology, you’ll need Amazon Key, Echo Plus or Samsung SmartThings. Use the links below for instructions on how to connect your Schlage Connect deadbolt with Zigbee to Alexa.

     

    Samsung SmartThings is also compatible with Schlage Connect Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology, as are Wink and Nexia. Use the links below for instructions on how to connect your Schlage Connect deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus to Alexa.

     

    Google Assistant

    To pair Google Assistant with your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, follow these instructions.

     

    If you’re a Google Assistant user and have the Schlage Sense deadbolt, make sure you have the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter to take advantage of voice control capabilities. Find instructions here.

     

    With Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus, you’ll need Nexia to access voice control through Google Assistant. Find instructions here.

    If you’re still considering which lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. You can also learn more about all of Schlage’s smart locks and find additional partners like Ring that help you get the most from your deadbolt every day at Schlage.com.

     

    50 holiday Alexa commands that will make the season bright.

    December 19, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    Amazon Alexa speaker | Schlage

    We guarantee these questions to ask Alexa will make you want to laugh, hang more tinsel and ask, “Why didn’t I try this earlier?”

     

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    When you don’t have a private secretary to handle all your holiday engagements, a voice assistant might be the next best thing. Here’s a list of our 50 favorite Amazon Alexa commands. We guarantee these questions to ask Alexa will make you want to laugh, hang more tinsel and ask, “Why didn’t I try this earlier?”

     

    Before we get started, note that some of these commands require you to activate Alexa Skills, to have a certain version of Echo such as the Echo Show or to pair your Echo with a compatible device or appliance first.

    Amazon Echo speaker by Christmas tree.

    Food and cooking

    1. Alexa, set the timer for 30 minutes. (Learn how to set multiple timers for holiday meal multitasking at CNET.)

     

    2. Alexa, how do you make gingerbread cookies?

     

    3. Alexa, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?

     

    4. Alexa, ask Sub It about molasses. (For when you need to know ingredient substitutions.)

     

    5. Alexa, how many calories are in latkes?

     

    6. Alexa, open Wine Finder. (Great when you aren’t sure about the wine pairings.)

     

    7. Alexa, ask The Bartender how to make a peppermint martini.

     

    8. Alexa, ask Save the Food how to store leftover Christmas pudding.

    Entertainment

    9. Alexa, track Santa.

     

    10. Alexa, play holiday music.

     

    11. Alexa, search for “Charlie Brown Christmas” on Fire TV.

     

    12. Alexa, spin the dreidel.

     

    13. Alexa, ask Santa Claus if I’m naughty or nice.

     

    14. Alexa, ask Elf Names to elf me.

     

    15. Alexa, tell me a snowman joke.

     

    16. Alexa, is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? (Maybe we’ll finally get an answer!)

     

    17. Alexa, play a trivia game. (For festive family fun.)

     

    18. Alexa, what can you tell me about Santa’s reindeer?

    Home and security management

    19. Alexa, lock the door.

     

    20. Alexa, close my garage.

     

    21. Alexa, run Burglar Deterrent. (Make it sound like your home is occupied while you’re away.)

     

    22. Alexa, turn on the lights.

     

    23. Alexa, dim the lights. (Set the mood for an intimate holiday gathering.)

     

    24. Alexa, set the temperature to 72.

     

    25. Alexa, arm Ring.

     

    26. Alexa, how do I get wine stains out of carpet?

    Shopping and gift giving

    27. Alexa, reorder toilet paper.

     

    28. Alexa, what are today’s deals?

     

    29. Alexa, track my package.

     

    30. Alexa, create a gift list.

     

    31. Alexa, shop for kids’ stocking stuffers.

     

    32. Alexa, make a donation to the Red Cross.

    Staying organized

    33. Alexa, what reminders do I have tomorrow? (Because your holiday schedule can get hectic.)

     

    34. Alexa, remind me to call Aunt Linda today.

     

    35. Alexa, what time is it in France? (For when you’re wishing someone a long-distance joyeux Noël.)

     

    36. Alexa, ask KAYAK to track Delta 1119. (So you know when out-of-town visitors will arrive.)

     

    37. Alexa, what’s the weather?

     

    38. Alexa, will it snow on Christmas Day?

     

    39. Alexa, what’s the traffic like? (Know what that holiday traffic will be.)

     

    40. Alexa, find the business hours for the post office/pharmacy/grocery store.

     

    41. Alexa, help me relax.

     

    42. Alexa, open Calm My Dog. (Because sometimes Spot gets holiday stress, too.)

    Getting in the seasonal spirit

    43. Alexa, turn on Christmas tree lights.

     

    44. Alexa, send a holiday card. (Great for last-minute e-cards.)

     

    45. Alexa, open Christmas Kindness. (For tips on completing random act of kindness.)

     

    46. Alexa, ask Jewish Blessings for the blessing on Hanukkah.

     

    47. Alexa, ask Menorah Aid how many candles I should light tonight.

     

    48. Alexa, wake me up at 6 a.m. to “Jingle Bells.” (Join the kids for presents already in a jolly mood.)

     

    49. Alexa, get me a ride on Uber. (For when things get a little too festive.)

     

    50. Alexa, Drop In on the living room. (For when you want to use Alexa like an intercom.)

    We think you’ll find these things to ask Alexa will make your holiday merry and bright thanks to the added convenience and fun they deliver. For more tips on building a smart home, visit the Schlage blog Technology archive. If you’re looking for inspiration to get you in the seasonal spirit, find us on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    50 Holiday Alexa Commands

     

    Give Santa his own code the night before Christmas.

    December 16, 2019 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    How Schlage saved Christmas storybook

    How Schlage gave Santa an easier way in and saved Christmas.

     

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    Red book titled How Schlage Saved Christmas

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads; and mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, wishing I could settle in for a long winter nap.

     

    But sadly I knew someone must wait up to open the door, let St. Nick in and prepare for presents galore. So I sat by the entryway with spare key in hand, trying not to doze while I waited for the man. Before long my eyes became heavy, my chin fell to my chest and my breathing went steady.

     

    Then I awoke with a start and with the sun pouring in, the children rushed to the tree to open their presents; they couldn’t wait to begin. It didn’t take long before everyone saw, a distinct lack of packages stacked ‘round the skirt. “You didn’t let him in,” scowled mamma, looking hurt. She spoke not another word, but went straight to work, and filled all the stockings with socks and underwear; I felt like a jerk.

    Kid pouting next to Christmas tree.

    My glance dropped to the floor as my kids began to whimper, when from the corner of my eye I caught a slight glimmer. The spare key I’d grasped now laid on the ground; I’d meant to give it to Santa last night when he came around. I knew then and there, this would never happen again, never would St. Nick be unable to get in.

     

    I rushed to the store a day later, and made a dash for the lock aisle; my path couldn’t be straighter. The options were plenty but I knew a smart lock with multiple access codes was what I needed; I’d give a code to Santa so my kids wouldn’t feel cheated.

     

    So I picked up a Schlage and grinned from ear to ear, I was getting remote access and security, even when I wasn’t here. I could program the lock and control it with my phone. Then I’d give unique codes to my kids to let them in after school, even when they were alone. Our pet sitter could use their code to check on our dalmatian, and the neighbors could water the plants when we go on vacation.

    Letter to Santa with smart lock access code.

    I paid for my new smart lock at the counter with glee, and knew that mamma would be happy again with me. I delayed not a moment when I arrived home with pride; I installed the lock in minutes then sent a letter to Santa full of yuletide. I included an access number, one of his own, and now while we slumber, he can enter the home. Not 1225, that’s too easy to guess, so I programmed 54636377, the numbers for KINDNESS. I closed my letter with a humbling plea, bring a dolly for Molly and a bike for Mike, and mamma would like a new set of skis. As for me, I’ve got all I need – peace of mind and home security.

     

    When the night before Christmas rolls around in a year, I’ll join my family in revelry knowing there’s nothing to fear. I can just see it now: as I lay in bed welcoming sleep, St. Nick in his sleigh driven by his reindeer fleet. He’ll give his team a whistle, and away they’ll fly like the down of a thistle. And I’ll hear him exclaim, ere he drives out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

     

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